Java™ EE at a Glance

Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) is the standard in community-driven enterprise software. Java EE is developed using the Java Community Process, with contributions from industry experts, commercial and open source organizations, Java User Groups, and countless individuals. Each release integrates new features that align with industry needs, improves application portability, and increases developer productivity.

Today, Java EE offers a rich enterprise software platform and with over 20 compliant Java EE implementations to choose from.

Java EE 8 Modernization

A Standardized Development Model for all Java EE Developers

What's New in Java EE 8

Java EE 8 continues to improve API and programming models needed for today's applications and adds features requested by our world-wide community. This release modernizes support for many industry standards and continues simplification of enterprise ready APIs. Enhancements include:

  • Java Servlet 4.0 API with HTTP/2 support
  • Enhanced JSON support including a new JSON binding API
  • A new REST Reactive Client API
  • Asynchronous CDI Events
  • A new portable Security API
  • Server-Sent Events support (Client & Server-side)
  • Support for Java SE 8 new capabilities (e.g. Date & Time API, Streams API, annotations enhancements)

Java EE 8 builds on Java EE 7. The following JSRs are new or updated in Java EE 8:

  • JSR 366 – Java EE 8 Platform
  • JSR 365 – Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI) 2.0
  • JSR 367 – The Java API for JSON Binding (JSON-B) 1.0
  • JSR 369 – Java Servlet 4.0
  • JSR 370 – Java API for RESTful Web Services (JAX-RS) 2.1
  • JSR 372 – JavaServer Faces (JSF) 2.3
  • JSR 374 – Java API for JSON Processing (JSON-P)1.1
  • JSR 375 – Java EE Security API 1.0
  • JSR 380 – Bean Validation 2.0
  • JSR 250 – Common Annotations 1.3
  • JSR 338 – Java Persistence 2.2
  • JSR 356 – Java API for WebSocket 1.1
  • JSR 919 – JavaMail 1.6

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